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Storms rip through north Georgia

^ Damage in Pickens County, Ga. ^ Damage in Pickens County, Ga.
Residents sort through mobile home of neighbors after tornado, Clarksville, Tennessee, Residents sort through mobile home of neighbors after tornado, Clarksville, Tennessee,
Funnel cloud touches down near West Mansfield, Ohio. Bellefontaine Examiner, Jeff McCall Funnel cloud touches down near West Mansfield, Ohio. Bellefontaine Examiner, Jeff McCall

November 11, 2002

(Undated-AP) -- Schools in Pickens County are closed today after storms ripped through north Georgia overnight, injuring at least four people. The town of Tate, about 45 miles north of Atlanta, was hardest hit in the county. The American Red Cross is setting up a shelter for people who were displaced.

One man was trapped in the debris of Davis Barbecue House that was damaged in the storm. The family who owned the restaurant lived above the restaurant, whose front was ripped off in the storm. The storm tore a porch with 20-foot white columns off the front of the restaurant. A woman and her two children were injured when heavy winds hit their new mobile home behind the restaurant near Georgia 108. One of the children was rescued from a pond after winds hit the trailer.

A church across the street lost its steeple. Georgia Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Lisa Ray says trees are reported down in the area.

No deaths have been reported in Georgia, but authorities say devastating tornadoes ripped through Alabama, Tennessee and Ohio yesterday, killing at least 27 people.

The toll included at least ten deaths in Alabama, 12 in Tennessee and five in Ohio. Others were trapped in damaged buildings and thousands were left without power.

In Georgia, the line of storms brought heavy rain, lightning and high winds. Georgia Power officials said about four-thousand customers in Decatur were without electricity but Georgia Power was trying to restore service.

Travelers are being advised to call ahead to Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport today after storms ripped through north Georgia. Those picking up travelers at the airport also may want to check to make sure flights are arriving on time.

posted at 10:15AM by dave.miller@walb.com